Uighur Lives Matter


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Via:  s  •  2 weeks ago  •  4 comments

Uighur Lives Matter
"It's Genocide, full stop."

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There is a “climate of terror around having children” among China’s oppressed Uighur Muslim minority, according to a horrifying Associated Press report   published   on Monday. Over the last four years, the Chinese government has spent hundreds of millions to suppress the birth rate of Uighurs and other Muslims. Men have been imprisoned for having too many children; women have been forced to use birth control and have abortions. In some cases, women have been sterilized. The birth rate in Uighur regions fell 60 percent from 2015 to 2018. “It’s genocide, full stop. It’s not immediate, shocking, mass-killing on the spot type genocide, but it’s slow, painful, creeping genocide,” Newcastle University’s Joanne Smith Finley told the AP. “These are direct means of genetically reducing the Uighur population.”

The awful specifics of China’s oppression of Uighurs were new, but the world has long known about the mistreatment of the group. Since 2017, China has essentially   banned their religious practices   and held at least a million Uighurs in concentration camps, where they have been brutally tortured, according to   Human Rights Watch . As information about the camps has trickled out, international condemnation has followed. Last fall, 23 countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan,   released   a statement calling on China to close the camps. (The Chinese government at first denied their existence but now claims that they are “vocational training centers” aimed at combating extremism.) Earlier this month, Congress   passed   the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020, which can be used to sanction Chinese officials. But China has thus far brushed off all criticism and has continued to expand the camps, which may hold as many as   three million   Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

There may be other ways to pressure China, however. The last month has shown the ability of mass protest movements to push corporations into making long-overdue changes. Companies have  donated  billions to Black Lives Matter groups and  pledged  to  make  their workplaces more diverse. Dozens of companies, including Verizon and Unilever, have  paused ad campaigns  on Facebook, in what the media advocacy organization Sleeping Giants  described  as “a broader reckoning around the platform’s lack of moderation of hate and disinformation.” The same tactics being used to push companies on domestic issues could easily be used to pressure them on the international stage. The most disturbing ongoing human rights violation of our time would be the perfect place to start.

Writing in Slate in 2018, Isaac Stone Fish  noted  that “most U.S. companies have unsurprisingly given Xinjiang,” where most of the Uighur concentration camps are, “a wide berth.” The NBA was, at that point, an exception: It had built one of its three Chinese training facilities in Xinjiang. (The league’s relationship with China would  blow up a year later  over pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.) The calculus was fairly obvious. “Doing business in an authoritarian country like China inevitably presents ethical and political dilemmas, as several tech giants and airlines have recently learned,” Stone Fish wrote. “But doing business right in the midst of a campaign that some human rights groups have described as genocide is another thing entirely.”

And yet foreign corporations, including several major American ones, appear to have had deeper culpability in China’s horrific treatment of Uighurs than was known two years ago. Earlier this year, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute  reported  that tens of thousands of Uighurs were toiling in factories supplying dozens of multinational corporations. “Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labor, Uighurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen,” the think tank found. Uighurs who were forcibly relocated and banned from practicing their religion were, according to the ASPI, making shoes for Nike and cameras for Apple. In October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  banned  the import of products from one Chinese firm that utilized forced labor and blacklisted 28 others involved in the internment and repression of Uighurs.

Nike, it’s worth underlining, released a one-minute video earlier this month  imploring  its customers to stop pretending “there isn’t a problem in America.” Apple, meanwhile,  updated  Siri to respond to the phrase “All lives matter” with information about structural racism. Asked about reports that forced labor was being used to make their products, Nike and Apple both pleaded ignorance and insisted they were committed to human rights. But, released in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, reports about American companies using forced labor in China quickly faded from view.

America’s abdication of its role as a defender of human rights under Donald Trump—who, according to John Bolton’s   The Room Where It Happened,   encouraged Chinese concentration camps   in a call with President Xi Jinping—only underscores the need for the public to do whatever it can in support of Uighurs. China has attempted to use the Black Lives Matter movement, mass incarceration, and structural racism to   undermine the tepid criticism   it has received from American politicians. But Black Lives Matter protesters could easily turn the tables, using the credibility bestowed on their critique of American society by Beijing to criticize its treatment of ethnic minorities.


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Sean Treacy
1  seeder  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Seems like this was supposed to stop with WWII.  

How long will evil multinational corporations like Nike and their shills like Kaepernick be allowed to profit off slavery?

Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sean Treacy @1    2 weeks ago

The corporations know what they are doing, Kaepernick probably does not (although he should) and yes, this is a genocide to a very peaceful people. But think Tabet and you will see a pattern. 

In any event, this is disgusting but so long as people buy these goods, the companies will do business there.

Sean Treacy
1.1.1  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1    2 weeks ago
his is disgusting but so long as people buy these goods, the companies will do business there.

That's true. What's really sad is Nike doesn't even need to cut costs with slave labor. The brand has such loyalty in the market that they can easily afford to raise prices by increasing production costs. . 

Sean Treacy
2  seeder  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

"The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show. Even while the use of IUDs and sterilization has fallen nationwide, it is rising sharply in Xinjiang.

The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply. Having too many children is a major reason people are sent to detention camps, the AP found, with the parents of three or more ripped away from their families unless they can pay huge fines. Police raid homes, terrifying parents as they search for hidden children."

You'd think women's rights groups would care about forced sterilizations and abortions.....


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